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You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
This movie is part of the collection: Comedy Films
Director: Frank Capra
Production Company: Warner Brothers
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Keywords: Comedy; pdmovies
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: 72 years later
Gets better every time I watch it!
Jonathan Mountain -
Subject: The Message
Every single form of communication between members of the human race concerns messages. That is a given. And this particular film, although it's characters and story line are totally fictitious, successfully carries the most important message of them all - and that message is called Hope.
For it is also a fact that a message does not have to be 'real'as such to touch people's inner aspirations or desires - it simply needs to touch a chord within their own humanity. That is the moment when those watching can inwardly feel and therefore vicariously live, even for an hour or two, that truly wondrous human emotion. In that context alone the intended message of Hope that this film carries - can be said to have been received and appreciated at every possible level of our human abilities.
Dark Moon -
It turns out that the scene (early in the movie) where Walter Brennan's character explains his coined term "heelots" is somewhat famous (or notorious, depending upon your point of view). Put the word in a search engine, and you turn up video clips of the scene, transcripts of Brennan's lines, and some comments about the idea he presents.
As it turns out, the idea is a fairly ancient one. It is the whole reason why spiritual ascetics, in their quest for inner freedom, turn away from the material world, and why spiritual people who live in the material world practice disciplines to limit its impact upon their lives. The Advaitists speak of "attachment," the bondage that results when our lifestyles and the things we (think we) own wind up owning us. (Their answer: "Work in the world, but do not become attached to the results.") Brennan's "heelots" speech, which says almost the same thing, is in keeping with several spiritual traditions, and points out the same results that they do: non-attachment brings peace and happiness, while attachment brings misery and suffering. To find such a concept presented in a movie targeted at mainstream America—which by then (1941) was well on its way to being a consumer society, with its business leaders doing all they could to foster attachment—surprises me more than a little.
The film presents a few other values that were relevant enough at the time, and much more so to today's Ipod generation. Something to think about, while watching the world go by.
Subject: Very recommended
Reminded me of a cross between It's A Wonderful Life and Hero. Well worth the watch!
Subject: Phenomenal Movie
Meet John Doe is one of the best films ever! Cabra is brilliant; this one is right up there with my favorite movie, It's A Wonderful Life. All the actors did a fine job. Barbara Stanwyck is amazing here, as she is in all her films. The scene towards the end is amazing and Stanwyck gave a great delivery; I especially loved when she mentioned Christ and what He did for humanity. Can't say enough good things about this one. It is a shame that more movies these days don't have the heart that this one does. A must-see for all people of all ages.
Subject: where do I find the subtitles?
I need just the subtitles, but didn´t find them, where can I get them?
Thanks and Cheers
Subject: I thought it was enjoyable and well acted.
The characters and dialougue are enjoyable and entertaining. The developing dynamic between the main man and the leading lady is fun to watch. The movie has an engaging, original plot and a novel community spirited message.
Yodelling Llama -
Subject: Mediocre Capra
I'm not sure what I was expecting. I suppose a cross between It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith, and Arsenic and Old Lace, all of which are phenomenal films. Instead John Doe is a rather dull, overlong, and profoundly unfunny movie. I suppose there is a meaningful underlying message. I suppose the acting is better than average. But in the end, John Doe disappoints.
Subject: Le meilleur Capra
Quelle chance de pouvoir trouver ici ce excellentissime film de Capra. Dans la grande lignÃÂ©e de films comme La vie est Belle, M. Smith au SÃÂ©nat, M. Deeds... c'est un film qui regonfle, remonte le moral pour repartir ÃÂ l'assaut de la vie quotidienne.
Gary Cooper y est formidable, Barbara Stanwyck magnifique et Edward Arnold, en second rÃÂ´le de mÃÂ©chant totalement rÃÂ©ussi.
Difficile de trouver des dÃÂ©fauts ÃÂ ce chef-d'oeuvre. A voir et revoir sans modÃÂ©ration.
Subject: Tracking in some players incorrect
There have been complaints that the MPEG-2 file for the movie is incomplete. The file is complete, but the tracking is off, so the length of the movie may appear to be much less than it is in real time.
Subject: The best movie you can find here
Unfortunetly there is only the first half...
> Complete version is now online
Not in all mirrors :o( Maybe in 2006!
Subject: a true classic
Many think of Capra films as sappy, but I find his films inspiring. "Meet John Doe" and "It's a Wonderful Life" are two of my favorite holiday films.
Skip Elsheimer -
Subject: Complete version is now online